Makeup can be very fun but it isn’t always easy to know which products are the best for your skin type and exactly how to do a smoky eye. Become your own makeup artist and hair dresser with these five apps. Some will help you find new and exciting products and others will show you tips to make the entire process easier. Whether you love trying new things or are new to makeup, you’ll find something to help on your journey.
1. Pretty in my Pocket
There’s nothing worse in the beauty world than spending money on a product only to bring it home and find out it doesn’t do anything it says it will. While you’re at the store it can be hard to read reviews and check with your favorite beauty bloggers are saying. That’s what Pretty in my Pocket does for you. Take it to the store, scan any product and bring up reviews from popular sites and bloggers. Browse what other people are using, or look for specific things. You’ll get accurate review and you can even buy the product directly from the app.
- Scan an product to get information
- Get accurate reviews
- Buy products directly from the app
- Not all products are reviewed
- Sometimes crashes on Android
- Can be hard to navigate
2. Makeup Genius
L’Oreal created this app so you can try out products before purchasing. Take a photo of yourself and try out different things until you find the right colors for your skin and hair colors. Scan your face and add products to your look. The app will put them on your face so you can see exactly how things will look together. Use an already made look or create one all your own. If you find something you really like, buy it from the app.
- Try on any L’Oreal product
- Buy them directly from the app
- Look through ready-made looks
- Only works with L’Oreal items
- Can be hard to use
- Takes awhile to scan face
3. Sephora to Go
It wouldn’t be a beauty round up without mentioning Sephora. Just like with the website, you have access to product reviews, photos and descriptions of everything they carry. Search for specific products or scan a barcode or photo to find what you’re looking for. Become a Beauty Insider to get rewards and special discounts, or just see what deals the app has today. Fill your basket and shop all in one place. Even get tutorials and how-to videos with Sephora TV.
- Scan a photo or barcode
- Look through reviews and descriptions
- Find deals
- Doesn’t always refresh deals
- Only shows what Sephora offers
- Can be hard to use the search
4. Ulta Beauty
If we’re going to talk about Sephora, we have to talk about Ulta, the other beauty giant. Much like the Sephora app, you can search products, read reviews and buy things all in one place. Use your same log in you use online and access your bag and Ultarewards from anywhere. Find your nearest store and scan products in the store to see if they’re right for you.
- Find stores near you
- Scan products to get information
- Add things to your basket
- Location services don’t always work
- Some products don’t come up
- Reviews aren’t always accurate
Get inspiration and tutorials with Beautylish. Browse photos, videos and articles to find your new favorite product. While you’re watching a how-to make a note of the products used and you can purchase them from the app. Search for anything you could think of and look up reviews and how they are used. If you have products that you don’t know how to use, search through photos by brand to see how other people are putting eye shadows and bronzers into their look. Add your own photos or comment on people’s apps.
- Look through photo and video how-tos
- Buy products through app
- Search by brand
- Doesn’t have all products
- Doesn’t have ingredient lists
- Can be hard to navigate